Mölnlycke Health Care

NILS LJUNGQVIST

R&D Manager for Staff Clothing at Mölnlycke Health Care in Sweden

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At some point you have surely suffered a scrape that stings or burned yourself on the stove while cooking. So chances are good that you have used a bandage made by Mölnlycke Health Care. The world-leading supplier of disposable products in surgery and wound treatment manufactures everything from bandages for scrapes and dressings for burns to sterile surgical clothing. They are primarily suppliers to the healthcare sector, but private customers also encounter their products at pharmacies and grocery stores all over the world. “In total, we and our 7,500 employees are active in over 90 countries, where our products help millions of patients each year,” explains Geneviève Debens, purchasing manager at Mölnlycke Health Care in Belgium. 

“Trioplast is much more than a supplier” 
For over 25 years, Trioplast has delivered PE films to Mölnlycke Health Care – films which Trioplast, in partnership with the company, has developed for manufacturing surgical clothing and table covers used in operating rooms at hospitals all over the world. 

Geneviève explains that Trioplast is well acquainted with Mölnlycke Health Care’s operation, and knows what high demands are placed on the products the company delivers to the healthcare sector. “Trioplast is much more than just a supplier for us. We see Trioplast as a very important and strategic partner,” she says. Nils Ljungqvist, R&D manager for Staff Clothing at Mölnlycke Health Care in Sweden, agrees. 

“We develop new medical device products, primarily in our main areas Treatment Surgical and Prevention. Mölnlycke Health Care essentially does not produce any of its own materials, so working closely with our strategic materials suppliers is incredibly important to us,” he says. Over 200 employees work with development in Treatment Surgical and Prevention. Most work in Gothenburg in Sweden, but development is also carried out in Finland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Thailand, Malaysia and the US. Nils explains that the demands placed on the materials used in sterile hospital environments are many and rigorous. The materials must be able to withstand different types of sterilisation, such as EtO, gamma and beta radiation, without breaking down. Another requirement is that the products may not produce static electricity in the operating room. “That puts high demands not only on us, but also on our suppliers. With a goal to develop products and solutions with differentiated properties for health and medical care, we need strategic partners like Trioplast to grow with together,” says Nils.